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Alaska and Yukon Headlines

Why Mental Illness Is The ‘No-Casserole’ Illness

Thu, 2014-03-20 17:44

Mental illness is usually a personal matter, the type of sickness that doesn’t receive much attention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, wants to change that.

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After several years without an organized presence in the State Capitol Building, NAMI advocates spent this week in Juneau sharing firsthand accounts of living with mental illness.

During a panel discussion Wednesday, they turned extremely personal matters into public ones.

Alaska News Nightly: March 20, 2014

Thu, 2014-03-20 17:23

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Lessons From The Exxon Valdez

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

Twenty-five years ago today, Alaska was about to mark the anniversary of the 1964 Earthquake, and, unknown to all, was less than four days from its next big disaster: the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Today in Washington, environmentalists who’ve been dealing with the spill and its political effects met to publicize what they say are the lessons of the Exxon Valdez.

Judge Nixes ‘Save Our Salmon’ Initiative

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Despite all the fuss over the Save Our Salmon Initiative that passed by a narrow vote of Lake and Peninsula Boro Voters in 2011, that law is now officially null and void. That’s on account of a ruling from Superior Court Judge John Suddock on Wednesday, following a three-year long lawsuit brought by Pebble and the State of Alaska.

ADF&G Opens Herring Fishing In Starrigavan, Katlian Bays

Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka

The Sitka herring fishery saw its first opening this afternoon, starting with the countdown.

Alaska House Passes Izembek Road Resolution

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the U.S. Department of the Interior to reverse course and allow a road to be built between the Alaska Peninsula communities of King Cove and Cold Bay for safety reasons.

UA President Opposed To Bill Allowing Concealed Handguns On Campus

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble told a Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday a re-worked bill that would permit concealed handguns on campus, is still unacceptable.

Manokotak Honors Fallen VPSO

Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel

Wednesday was the one year anniversary of the death of VPSO’ Thomas Madole, and the community of Manokotak honored him on that day.

Nome To Make Decision On Geothermal Energy

Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – Nome

If Nome wants geothermal power, the city has to decide by next week if and how it is going to pay for that energy.

Why Mental Illness Is The ‘No-Casserole’ Illness

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Mental illness is usually a personal matter, the type of sickness that doesn’t receive much attention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, wants to change that.

After several years without an organized presence in the State Capitol Building, NAMI advocates spent this week in Juneau sharing firsthand accounts of living with mental illness.

During a panel discussion Wednesday, they turned extremely personal matters into public ones.

Paddle Making Workshop Illuminates State’s High Suicide Rate

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Suicide rates in Alaskan communities are some of the highest in the country. Last weekend, the One People Canoe Society held a two-day paddle-making workshop in Wrangell. As part of the workshop, participants attended a behavioral health course on suicide prevention. Its goal is to bring communities together to both learn a traditional art and talk about a contemporary problem.

'Shift' in Treadwell camp ousts campaign manager

Thu, 2014-03-20 15:16
'Shift' in Treadwell camp ousts campaign manager The change will “free up resources” previously wrapped up in the salaries of two big-ticket staffers, both of whom worked for the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign, and one of whom made some waves as a spokesman for Mitt Romney in 2012.March 20, 2014

Victor knew it would be a challenging race

Thu, 2014-03-20 13:40
Doris Bill is the new chief-designate of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation (KDFN).

Node failure triggered cell phone, bank service headaches

Thu, 2014-03-20 13:39
The failure of a communication node in Watson Lake at 8 a.m. Wednesday caused yesterday’s day-long heartache with cell phones and some banking services.

Yukoner sheds light on northern darkness at Toronto film festival

Thu, 2014-03-20 13:36
A Yukon filmmaker is off to an Outside film festival to screen his bicycle-driven short on prolonged Northern darkness — for the seventh year in a row.

Dene Games honour tradition of northern sport

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:41
For many, the events included in the Dene Games and Arctic Sports contingent of the Arctic Winter Games are mysterious and unknown.

Volleyball girls key in on ʻlittle momentsʼ

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:39
After winning their first game in straight sets over Nunavut, the Yukonʼs junior female volleyball team hasnʼt had much go their way since.

Pin trading a sport all on its own

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:37
Some call it the 21st sport of the Arctic Winter Games.

Petro Star says Alaska refiners face crippling economic challenges

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:36
Petro Star says Alaska refiners face crippling economic challenges In-state refineries along the trans-Alaska pipeline say that for them to survive, economic conditions that threaten to suffocate their industry need to be dealt with as soon as possible.March 20, 2014

Yukonʼs medal haul swells to 48

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:35
The Yukon received a boost from its snowshoe contingent yesterday in the form of eight ulus.

Legislature should slam Pandora's box shut and reject 'governor-tag' hunting permit program

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:33
Legislature should slam Pandora's box shut and reject 'governor-tag' hunting permit program OPINION: There are benefits to nonprofit sporting organizations partnering with the state of Alaska through donated hunting permits, but Alaska lawmakers should take great care to avoid opening Pandora's box.March 20, 2014

Big Chugach mountains leave world-class freestyle skier 'terrified'

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:31
Big Chugach mountains leave world-class freestyle skier 'terrified' James Woods has been described as one of the sport's most stylish skiers, but his first time heli-skiing the "big arena" of the Chugach Range made him quake in his boots.March 20, 2014

Man in custody charged with murder of young Wasilla woman missing for 4 years

Thu, 2014-03-20 12:25
Man in custody charged with murder of young Wasilla woman missing for 4 years About a month after Alaska State Troopers reported a hiker had found the skull of Nichole Millsaps in a roadside Southcentral community, a 34-year-old man has been indicted for first- and second-degree murder.March 20, 2014

Buccaneer Energy Suspends CEO

Thu, 2014-03-20 11:44

The board of directors for Buccaneer Energy may be taking the company in a new direction. Last week, the board suspended CEO Curtis Burton.

In a news release, the Buccaneer Board of Directors announced that Burton had been suspended with pay. With little explanation, the board announced that the suspension would be in place until a review could be conducted. In the meantime, Chief Restructuring Officer John T. Young was named interim CEO.

Related: Small Victories, Big Problems for Buccaneer In Alaska

Endeavor jack-up rig. Photo by Bill Smith

The suspension comes on the heels of a string of bad news for Buccaneer. Last December, as the company prepared to move its onshore Glacier drilling rig from Kenai to Homer to begin work on its West Eagle project out East End Road, Buccaneer Alaska President Jim Watt was fired, as was Vice President Allen Huckabay and Alaska Spokesperson Christina Anderson.

Two months later, the company announced that the only well it drilled at West Eagle had come up dry, forcing the company to abandon the project.

It was Burton who led the charge for the Australian oil company to take advantage of tax incentives in Alaska and open up ship in and around Cook Inlet. That foray has led to a few successes – like the two gas-producing wells drilled at Kenai Loop – and a string of problems, like several issues with the company’s jack-up rig Endeavour.

Burton has filed a lawsuit against his employer in District Court in Harris County, Texas. The details of that lawsuit were not immediately known.

Buccaneer announced earlier this month that it has hired Conway MacKenzie, Incorporated to help it organize finances and reevaluate its strategies. Young, the interim CEO, sits on the Conway Mackenzie Board of Directors.

Swedish climate footprint growing; rules for petrol to be loosened

Thu, 2014-03-20 11:07
Swedish climate footprint growing; rules for petrol to be loosened Travel abroad by Swedes accounts for the big difference between domestic and total climate emissions, a new report says. March 20, 2014

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